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A Level History


Exam Board: AQA

Level of study: Level 3

Length of course: 2 years

Entry requirements: General entry requirements plus grade B in History

 What will you study?

Students will complete three assessed units, two of these will be assessed through examinations and the third through an Historical Investigation.

Component 1: (40%): Challenge and transformation: Britain, c1851–1964

Students will study the significant historical developments over a 100 year period in British History. A  significant part of this unit will involve studying different interpretations of the past.


Component 2:  (40%) The Cold War, c1945–1991

Students will study in significant depth a major historical change through primary evidence.

Component 3: (Historical Investigation): (20%)

Students will conduct a personal study based on a topic of their own choosing. This will take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years and should not be linked to component 1 and 2.

Where can History lead you? History supports the development of a number of key skills including: how to develop coherent and well structured arguments; how to assemble data and assess it; how to investigate, select and employ  facts; how to put over your point of view fluently and how to work as a team to achieve results.

Students who take History often also take Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Geography or Sociology. History also supports other specialist subjects, like English Language/Literature, Government & Politics and philosophy and can move into most professional fields. History is generally accepted to be the best second subject that a student can have at A Level by universities.